Let me introduce to you a woman who remembers everything which has occurred in her life, day wise.
Come to think of it and you wouldn't remember what you did on April 28, 2016. As far as this woman's memory is concerned, you will be reading all about her and the fact that she can remember every vivid detail of the last 27 years she has lived.
Your brain works in the same manner like the majority of people living on earth but Rebecca belongs to a group of 60 to 80 people worldwide having this condition (Read below). It is said that people don't remember what happened in their lives before four years but this woman here remembers the first photo which was captured by her father or memory of just 12 days after her birth, precisely.
Let's go through her unique life flow.
The 27-year old Rebecca is a resident of Brisbane in Australia and is living her life with a condition called Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM). Good or bad, but it enables the woman to remember every detail from the past days of her life.
Rebecca is able to remember her photograph being taken when she just 12 days old. She remembers every minute detail vividly. Even dreams at the age of 18 months are stored in her brain.
The gifted woman has thought of writing all those colourful memories in a book titled "My Life is a Puzzle". Keeping in view her ability, it is no surprise that she can recite an entire Harry Potter collection.
According to Sharrock's blog, "My parents carried me to the driver's seat of the car (my father's idea) and placed me down upon it for a photo, as a newborn child I was curious as to what the seat cover and steering wheel above me were. Though at that age I hadn't yet developed the ability to want to get up and explore what such curious objects could be".
The book she's working upon has a lot of pages. Responding to an article in a newspaper in 2014, which said it is impossible for people to remember the events before they're four years old.
To which she says, "What absolute nonsense." She said she remembers first four years of her life so vividly that she can write an entire book based on them.
In her blog, she says further, "At the very beginning of my life, I would spend a lot of time in my crib looking at surrounding toys and the stand up fan next to me. On my first birthday, I had no idea what the day was about, all I knew was that mum was putting me in an itchy satin dress, and I was crying."
On the same day, she got a Minnie Mouse as a gift which terrified her. She remembers not able to say anything but cried a lot so that it could be pushed away.
She began to dream when she was 18 months old (as per her blog) and tells that she would go outside of her house in dreams. The very reason she wanted to be with her mother when asleep.
She got a little sister named Jessica after she turned two. While telling about it, she didn't know what a sister was then but after a year or so she started to do some mischief with her sister. And, then as they grew older she had to share things with her and give away her old clothes and toys.
She believes a lot many of us remember parts of their life as a toddler. She says that people with HSAM are not the only ones to remember the first four years of their life. She said she met lot of people who can recall pretty much from their childhood.
She believes that nobody ever forgets anything in its entirety because even people suffering from Dementia and Alzheimers are capable of retrieving distant memories instantly.
Giving example, she mentions about one of her visits to nursing home where she met an old lady who had reached final stage of dementia.The old lady she met was seen throwing her arms and legs, trying to convey that she used to feed pigeons with her grandmother. This, according to Rebecca, was true.
Well, a woman who remembers it all has her own opinion about the brain. She said, "There is so much we need to discover about the human brain, especially how our memories work. Firstly our brain is the control centre of our entire existence, and secondly, memories make up everything that we've learned (consciously and subconsciously)."
Lastly, there are several kinds of memory but people with HSAM are only able to remember autobiographical memories. These memories are which have been personally experienced by the person.